A 37-year-old man is being held on $150,000 bail after his arraignment on charges that he stole a police cruiser this weekend as he ran away from police and struck a police officer with it, prosecutors said.
A not-guilty plea was entered on behalf of Wilfredo Rodriguez in South Boston District Court, the Suffolk district attorney’s office said in a statement.
Rodriguez faces a host of charges, including armed assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, breaking and entering a vehicle at night with intent to commit a felony, and leaving the scene of an accident causing personal injury, the statement said.
He was ordered held on another $100 bail on a second set of less serious charges.
Judge Michael Bolden ordered Rodriguez, if he posts bail, to wear a GPS monitor, remain under house arrest, and have no contact with the alleged victims.
Rodriguez is slated return to court Thursday.
Just before 4 a.m. Saturday, police responded to a call of a person breaking into cars at the intersection of Baxter and E streets in South Boston. When officers arrived, Rodriguez fled through several backyards, ignoring commands to stop, the statement said.
Rodriguez then entered an empty police cruiser and drove down Baxter Street. Finding the street blocked by another police vehicle, Rodriguez backed up at a high rate of speed, then drove off. In the process, he struck an officer, knocking him to the ground, the statement said.
Other officers began firing their guns, but no one was hit. Rodriguez continued driving the police car down E Street and onto Old Colony Avenue until he crashed into a guardrail at the JFK/UMass MBTA station. He attempted to flee on foot but was arrested, the statement said.
At the original scene, officers found a Jeep Grand Cherokee and a Mercedes Benz C230 broken into. Police found items, including an iPod, in the Jeep that they believe came from the Mercedes. Other items, including clothing and tools, were found discarded in the backyards that Rodriguez fled through, the statement said.
Rodriguez was not injured. The officer hit by the car and a second officer were both treated at Tufts Medical Center for injuries not considered life-threatening, the statement said.
Rodriguez has 11 prior convictions for breaking and entering, receiving stolen property, and other similar offenses between 2012 and 1994, the statement said.Melissa can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @Melissa__Hanson